Hockney bemoans ‘lack of tolerance’

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Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Major British artist David Hockney has complained about the lack of tolerance today, with the bohemian way of life being gone.

He told The Guardian Weekend magazine: “Bohemia was against the suburbs, and now the suburbs have taken over. I mean, the anti-smoking thing is all anti-bohemia. Bohemia is gone now. When people say, well wasn’t it amazing saying you were gay in 1960, I point out, well, I lived in bohemia, and bohemia is a tolerant place.

“You can’t have a smoke-free bohemia. You can’t have a drug-free bohemia. You can’t have a drink-free bohemia. Now they’re all worried about their f****** curtains, sniffing curtains for tobacco and stuff like that.”

Hockney, 77, is planning a spectacular exhibition at the Royal Academy next year, featuring a series of 100 new portraits, and there is currently a taster for it at London’s Annely Juda gallery, the article says.

The new portraits are valued at £1.3 million each, and Hockney said that the sums amaze him.

Asked if he thinks his work is overpriced, he says: “When I look at some other things I think, well, maybe I am. But when I look at some other things I think, well, maybe I am not.”

He says that the world, war and politics can make him pessimistic, and mentions the day that New Labour got into power, May 1 1997.

“I remember watching the election with a friend, and he said, ‘What d’you think of Blair?’ I hadn’t seen him before, but I was watching him, and I said, ‘Well, I don’t really like him, that smile, it’s too much. And that guy behind him just looks like a creep to me.’ And that was Gordon Brown. I said, ‘I don’t find them very impressive.’ Years later he said, ‘Well, you were right.'”

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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